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 +While we attended the Lincoln Highway Conference, we received a call from Ken Faber, TCT member.
  
 +The message informed us that Bud Cooper, founder of the Vintage Airstream Club and TCT member, and Hall of Fame inductee had passed away.
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 +Bud is the person that first spoke to me about the Tin Can Tourists. Bud was devoted to the Vintage Airstream Club and TCT.
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 +====== Rutherford Cooper "​Bud"​ ======
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 +COOPER - Rutherford "​Bud"​ Cooper, age 84, of Grand Rapids, passed away Wednesday, June 17, 2009. Surviving are his beloved wife of 64 years, Bettye; daughter, D'Anne Smith and son, Richard Cooper. He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren,​ David Smith, Jeannine Kieleszewski,​ Michelle Krypel, Emily Cooper and Hannah Cooper. Bud was a mechanical engineer, world traveler, archeologist,​ photographer,​ musician, founder of the International Vintage Airstream Club, author, and lecturer.
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 +I'm very sorry to hear of Bud's passing. ​ Years ago when I started Vintage Trailer Supply, Bud was very encouraging and generous with his time and knowledge. ​ He lent me parts to use for early reproductions and he encouraged others to do the same. I haven'​t seen Bud in a few years, but I will miss him now more than ever.  Let me know if I can help in any way to memorialize his contributions to the vintage trailer hobby.
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 +Steve Hingtgen
 +Vintage Trailer Supply
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 +Here is a link to sign Bud's guestbook, if you want.
 +[[http://​www.legacy.com/​gb2/​default.aspx?​bookid=5703845184959&​eid=viewgb_62209]]